Manchester City weekend round-up: Lewandowski linked along with £55m double-swoop

Robert Lewandowski playing for Poland, with József Varga and Vilmos Vanczák

All the news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad this weekend…

Manchester City put on something of a master-class in finishing on Saturday as they defeated Norwich City 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

As if City did not find it easy enough to score, their first was gifted to them when Bradley Johnson put through his own net.

David Silva, Matija Nastasic and Alvaro Negredo made it 4-0 before half-time, and after the break they did not take it any easier on the Canaries, scoring three more courtesy of Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

In short, practically everyone got in on the action.

At the other end, Costel Pantilimon was little more than a spectator with Chris Hughton’s side managing just one shot on target. And all the headlines generated by Joe Hart’s omission from the starting XI were a little pointless, given that the Romanian had about as much to do as his English counterpart on the bench.

After the match, Manuel Pellegrini told the BBC that Hart simply needed a rest, and that was the reason he opted for Pantilimon.

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In transfer news, the Daily Star Sunday has linked the Blues with a move for FC Porto defender Nicolas Otamendi for a reported £25million.

And if you believe the Sunday People, Pellegrini could also swoop for Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira in a £30million move next summer.

The report claims the Spanish giants are keen to tie the German to a new long-term deal, but would be prepared to sell if he refuses a new deal, thus ensuring they still receive a sizeable fee.

From possible incomings to potential outgoings now: with the news that Bayern Munich are reportedly targeting Sergio Aguero.

The same newspaper claims – rather bizarrely – that Bayern boss Pep Guardiola would be prepared to offer Robert Lewandowski in exchange for the Argentine frontman…once the Polish forward arrives on a free!

Football generates strange stories all the time…but rarely do they come stranger than this one.

See also: Manchester City Champions League report: Viktoria hit six and Bayern equal record

image: © Roger Gorączniak

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